The TV watchdog is checking into whether a morning broadcast of the episodes was in breach of their rules
Ofcom will investigate the broadcast of Coronation Street’s harrowing Bethany Platt gang rape scenes after it received a small number of complaints.
It’s not investigating the original transmission of the scenes, which all occurred after the watershed of 9pm; rather it’s looking into whether an omnibus edition re-broadcasting the scenes was in breach of their rules.
The omnibus, broadcast on ITV2 on June 3 at 8.50am, sparked complaints with a scene featuring three men paying for sex and following 16-year-old Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) into a bedroom.
Viewers saw another character, Shona Ramsey (Julia Goulding) being beaten and stamped on by several men.
According to Metro, an Ofcom spokesperson said: “We’re investigating whether this Saturday morning omnibus episode contained scenes that were unsuitable for broadcast at that time.”
Originally the scenes were able to be darker in tone because the episodes went out at 9pm, after the Britain’s Got Talent semi finals, and Ofcom ruled that these scenes were acceptable in context.
The Ofcom spokesperson said: “We assessed complaints about storylines in this soap, which featured drug use and grooming. We concluded that both storylines were clearly signposted, and were the culmination of long-running plots that were likely to have been within the audience’s expectations.
‘The drug use was not shown in a positive light, and we took into account Coronation Street’s history of exploring distressing social issues.”
The fact that Ofcom is investigating the broadcast doesn’t imply a full investigation will follow.